WINNIPEG – We’ll get an idea of the Progressive Conservatives’ agenda for the coming year in today’s throne speech.
Premier Brian Pallister says it will focus on the province’s finances while also protecting services.
“The three general themes the Lieutenant-Governor will be addressing in the speech will be centered on those themes of fixing our finances fundamentally, and repairing the services of the province, and beginning to rebuild the economic structure of our province.”
The opposition NDP continue to accuse Pallister of slashing front-line services.
This is the second throne speech since taking office last April.
Since then, Pallister has blasted the previous administration for the wounds his PC government have had to mend, including a bill of approximately $400 million to replace the province’s obsolete emergency communication system.
Despite these revelations, and despite a deficit of $846-million inherited from the previous NDP government, Pallister has promised to balance the budget within eight years and lower the provincial sales tax to seven per cent within his first term in office.
The President and CEO of the Business Council of Manitoba expects some detail in the throne speech on infrastructure, education and a northern strategy including addressing indigenous Manitobans.
Don Leitch says it’s all about creating an environment for economic growth.
“A lot of organizations, including the business council and others have said they have to address some educational reform, immigration, the provincial nominee program,” Leitch said. “Those coincide with some federal priorities as well, so look for some indication there.”